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Week’s Shipping Sampler

“Ship of the Day,” on my blogroll over a year now, states as goal to “concentrate on ships entering the Port of Rotterdam on that same day.”  That blog does that one ship per day.  The vessels in this post represent only a small percentage of ships that have moved through the sixth boro in […]

Maroon Tug Fleet 4

It’s been a while since I’ve followed these color threads.  Here’s Maroon 2.  Below, looking past the barge and the bow of sad Phillip T. Feeney towards the Moran New York home base, Miriam and Gramma Lee T Moran obscure the Moran ATB’s name.  Scott Turecamo mayhaps? On this rainy morning last week–all mornings last […]

Red Tug Fleet 3

I can’t believe nearly two years have passed since I last did a red tug post.  In truth, I should call this double-white-ring-on-red-stack fleet, because I mean McAllister. Imagine all the trucks, all the stuff, unexpected stuff comes in containers from across the seas.   And to get it off loaded .  . . a process […]

Maroon Tug Fleet 2

Farley Mowat talks about the “throng” in People of the Deer, a memoir of his time among the Cree, the throng being the brown river of caribou stopping his train as he journeyed toward Hudson Bay. Gravesend Bay has an avian throng I eavesdropped on yesterday. Btw, that’s Coney Island beyond the buffleheads and brent’s […]

White Tug Fleet

Disclosure: I’ve never claimed to be in the tug industry although I’ve often considered trading in my profession to start a new life as a deckhand and go up the chain. Too bad life is so short or I’d do it. There is a precedent: in 1986, I resigned from a college teaching position to […]

Sweetest and Fleetest

When I wrote about Dorothy Elizabeth in July, I raved about her rebirth. If you didn’t read this article by Don Sutherland then, read it now for the fantastic story of ex-Gotham, ex-Christine Gellatly, and ex-Mobil 11. Last week I learned of the special equipment pictured below with white neckerchief, as photographed by Rich Johnsen. […]

Government Boats 47

I missed the sixth boro fleet week this year, so here’s my compensatory post. A French FREMM visited the port a few years ago, and here’s the first Italian one I’ve seen, built by Fincantieri.  FREMM . . . well for the French frigate it would expand to Frégate européenne multi-mission.  The Italians would call […]

Aweigh 2017

It turns out, I’ve done a post like this once before . . .  in 2012 here.  When I took the next two photos on Tuesday, I’d thought all the fleet week vessels had already departed.  Well, wrong . . . there went LHD-3 USS Kearsarge . . . which reminded me this would be […]

Thanks to Jed 6

I’m off gallivanting around NYC and getting more Fleet Week photos, so I’m happy to put up some more of John Jedrlinic’s photos. Let’s start with an unusual angle . . . it’s Smit Indusbank, built 1968 in the Netherlands. Pelican II seems to have started life on the Vistula River, upstream from Gdansk, in […]

A Time to Remember

Fleet Week is part of the official marking of Memorial Day in the six boros of NYC each year.  Maybe someone can tell me how long ago this tradition began. This is the day set aside to honor those who died in America’s wars, but the listing earlier in this sentence does not list all […]